Picks and Pans Review: Jackpot!

updated 04/12/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

originally published 04/12/1982 AT 01:00 AM EST

by James F. Fixx

In 1976 the author decided that he would write a book about his favorite sport. He read everything he could find on the subject and published The Complete Book of Running. To his and everyone else's amazement, this was a book whose time had come. Widely ignored by reviewers, it moved onto the best-seller lists, where it stayed for more than a year. The author got richer and richer and more and more famous. Now, with much the same enthusiasm, Fixx has written this account (consisting mostly of diary excerpts) of the experience of writing a best-seller and making a lot of money. He is unusually frank about the money—half a million the first year, $900,000 the next—and the stampede of people who wanted to use him to promote their products on TV and to help him invest his fortune. At the end he reveals with touching puzzlement that he and his wife, to whom this book is dedicated, have separated. Fixx has thought more deeply about running than about the impact of cash and fame. Yet there are insights into celebrityhood in America, and Fixx is a clever, witty writer who moves his story along at a spritely pace. (Random House, $12.50)

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